After a short summer break here we are again! I’ve still a couple of gorgeous photographic spots from my last trip to Madeira I want to share before going back to wandering and photographing Ireland!
This is the the path of the beautiful hike from Pico de Areeiro to Pico Ruivo, at about 6000 ft, they are two of the highest and most impressive peaks of Madeira.
Ideal time to shoot: Every time of the day and night. Sunrises and sunsets offer an amazing atmosphere, rich in colours and details. Broad daylight is rarely my favourite but here clouds can play a great role creating interesting skies and surprising light conditions. Night photography is also a possibility.
Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms. At night a very bright wide angle give you the possibility of capturing the starry sky as the light pollution is very limited. I suggest to travel light as the path is uneven with several slopes.
How to get there: There is easy road access to the summit, with a large car park, a restaurant with souvenir shop. and an Air Defence Radar Station. From there follow the path towards Pico Ruivo.
One of the amazing things of Madeira is the variety of scenery it offers. Not only that, also the weather can change a lot from one place to another. So much that should you wake up to a cloudy sky, you can go for a hike to one of the many amazing cliffs, like we did today, and simply leave the clouds below you.
Here we start with our mini photographic guide to Madeira.
Ponta de São Lourenço is one of the most photographed seascape of this fantastic Island. It is the most eastern part of Madeira and juts out into the Atlantic ocean with its volcanic rock formations offering an amazing opportunity for a hike or for a photo session. I thought it would have been great at sunrise, so I set my alarm very early in the morning and drove the 40 minutes to the car park. Unfortunately, the sun never really broke through the clouds, but the experience was absolutely worth the early wake up!
Just Landed in Madeira! After a few hours I’m already in love with this beautiful island. Really looking forward to exploring it during next week, finding as many photographic spots as possible and sharing them with. If you fellow photographers have any suggestions they are more than welcome!
Going back home soon. I’ll be there only for a couple of days, so I’ll have to choose carefully what to photograph.. St. Mark Square can’t be left out I guess!
This impressive sea stack really looks as a sort of rocky platform rising from the ocean. All those clearly distinct layers of rock and its sharp edges gives it a robotic touch that makes it even more fascinating. I tried a long exposure to make the rock stand out more from the ocean, so to add a tad of surrealism to the scene. Then I played a bit in lightroom with vibrance and saturation slids to soften the colours, living just a touch of green on the top of the stack, so to increase the contrast between its rocky pillar and the grassy surface.
But there are thousands of different ways to photograph this amazing part of the Irish cost. Definitely worth a visit if you are travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way in County Mayo!
How to get there: Just 5 km Nord from the village of Ballycastle, you’ll find an headland called Downpatrick Head, in front of which stands 45 meters high rock: Dun Briste.
It’s a easy 5-10 minute walk from the car park, but the soil can be wet and muddy, therefore sturdy shoes are recommended as well as warm clothes, since it tends to be windy.
GPS: 54.322814, -9.345866
Since I moved to Ireland landscape photography has taken more and more space into my routine, and I love being there in the outdoors with my gear, walking or hiking while looking for some new natural spot. Still, cityscape keeps always a place into my photographic heart! And this year the Custom House in Dublin, finally free from scaffolding ruining its beauty, is just too good an opportunity to let it pass.